Week of February 3rd - 7th

Important Dates:

2/6 Thurs: Library Day
Next week:
2/10: Texas Reads One Book kickoff
2/11: Papa John's Spirit Night
2/14-17: Student Holiday

Important Information:

  • I can tell we have been practicing our Math Facts! Our Fact numbers have improved a lot! Please continue practicing!
  • As a class, we can improve on our Reading Stamina (reading for longer periods of time) and Fluency (reading longer phrases and sentences to read more words per minute).
  • Please continue reminding your child to wash hands and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing. More students are getting sick by the day!
  • Please send jackets to school. The weather changes daily.


What We Are Doing This Week

Writing: We will continue writing informational texts. This week, we will focus on editing, revising, and writing our final draft (major grade).

We will focus on writing complete sentences. We know that complete sentences start with a capital letter, include a noun and verb, and end with a punctuation point.

Vocabulary: Informational text, central idea, supporting evidence (details), organizational pattern, purpose, fact, paragraph, edit, revise 

Things you can do at home: 

  • Write sentences with mistakes and have your child edit them to make them better. 
  • Read with your child and point out (or have your child point out) things you/they notice about a complete sentence. 
  • Practice writing in complete sentences.
  • Practice speaking in complete sentences.


Reading: We will learn about nonfiction informational texts. We will continue to focus on facts and opinions. Remember, facts are sentences that are proven true. (Ex: An animal's habitat is the place where it lives.) Opinions are feeling sentences that use clue words such as, I feel, I think, I believe, The best, The worst, etc. Sometimes opinions end with an exclamation point. (Ex: The forest ecosystem is the finest habitat in the world!) We will focus on providing reasons and examples for my opinion.

Vocabulary: Informational, central idea, supporting evidence (details), features, graphic features, organizational pattern, cause and effect, purpose, biography, fact, opinion, reason, example

Things you can do at home:

    • Read with your child 15-20 minutes a night. 
    • When reading, point out facts and opinions and discuss
    • Visit a library. 
    • Interactive Games for Fact and Opinion:
    • Have your child determine facts and opinions around your house.

    • Example: 
      • Fact: There is a stove and refrigerator in the kitchen. 
      • Opinion: I love to bake! 
      • Fact: There are 2 cars in the driveway.  
      • Opinion: I like the blue car better! 

Math: This week, we will continue to read and visualize word problems with 2-digit addition and subtraction WITH regrouping. 

Vocabulary:  open number line, closed number line, unknown, addition, sum, subtraction, difference, two-digit, mental math, algorithms, reasonable, regroup, strip diagram, part/part/whole model

Things you can do at home: 

  • Check your child's Math Review (sent home in Wednesday Folder last week). Recreate new word problems similar to the ones he/she missed to provide extra practice. Help your child understand WHY the problem was missed and HOW to solve it correctly.
  • Thinking Blocks: https://www.mathplayground.com/tb_addition/index.html 
  • Practice 2-Digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. 
  • Have your child make up word problems and then solve. Please check to make sure it is correct. 
  • Practice Fact Fluency:
    • Flash Cards

Science: We will continue learning about the weather and seasons. 

Vocabulary:  weather, weather forecast, wind, rain, hail, clouds, thunderstorm, sleet, snow,  humidity, temperature, wind conditions, precipitation, cloud coverage, cloudy, partly cloudy, sunny, thermometer, rain gauge, anemometer, Autumn, Spring, Winter, Summer, data, record, measure

Things you can do at home:

    • Check the weather report together.
    • Look at different weather tools you may have around your house: thermometer, rain gauge, etc. 
    • Look at pictures of the family in different seasons. Notice what clothes you are wearing in each. Have your child speak in complete sentences about what they notice.
    • Make a collage of different clothes in each season.
    • Talk about different activities you can do in each season. 

Social Studies: We will identify and explain the significance of state (TX) and nation (USA) symbols, landmarks, and government buildings.

Vocabulary: state, national, symbol, landmark, heritage, customs, celebrations, freedom, monument, patriotic, cultural

Things you can do at home:

  • MyOn: Projects: American Symbols and Landmarks
  • Research state and country symbols and landmarks.
  • Read about American Landmarks, including The White House, Mount Rushmore, Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Mesa Verde, Crazy Horse Memorial, Liberty Bell, etc.
  • Go visit a Texas landmark or government building. Ex: The Sam Houston Statue, The State Capitol, The Governor's Mansion, The Alamo, The San Jacinto Monument, etc.